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Experts Told Us Everything We Need In Our At-Home Family First-Aid Kit

One secret to managing the many kinds of stress that can come with being a caregiver is taking the steps to feel prepared. And while you can’t predict every accident, incident or disaster that might come your way, you can take the steps to make sure that you have a solid idea of the basics you might need by building out and maintaining an at-home first-aid kit for you and your family.

As part of our first SK Conversations, we got the chance to talk with all sorts of experts in the realm of caregiving. During our Healthy at Home panel, we caught up with Dr. Cara Natterson, pediatrician and best-selling author of The Care and Keeping of You and Decoding Boys, and Global Research & Development Leader, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc. Jenny Du-Soriano, who shared their pro-tips for building a first-aid kit for your home that’ll help you feel a bit more prepared for cuts, bruises, boo boos and more.

In between talking about the realities of 21st century caregiving — easy access to google (for better or worse!) or the wonders of telemedicine (a pediatrician on speed dial to reduce panic!) — Natterson and Du-Soriano gave us a glimpse at what their own family first-aid kits look like. From BAND-AID® Brand adhesive bandages of all shapes and sizes to keeping a few different cleansing options on deck to finding your trusty pair of tweezers, we compiled these professionally rec’d first-aid supplies to help you stay on top of your emergency response game (and get in the habit of checking your supplies regularly).

“You know, when every six months you change your batteries on your fire alarm thing which everyone should do, go look in your first aid kit,” Dr. Natterson told SheKnows. “Things expire in there so go take a peek and dig it out, especially, if you live in an area like I live in, like an earthquake area. My first aid kit is very much part of my earthquake supply kit — and we should be checking all of our home first aid resources pretty regularly.”

Whether you’ve got a first-aid kit you trust already or are new to assembling anything beyond a random box of bandages in your medicine cabinet, these products will help you stay ready so you don’t have to get ready.

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